Android/iOS: Mobile security app Lookout is one of the few mobile security apps that actually do something to keep you safe. Lookout has received a big update this week that can now help you get your phone back if it's lost or stolen, backs up your data and more.
Android users get the most out of this week's update: the UI has been completely overhauled, and Lookout's new "signal flare" shows you where your phone is on a Google Map if it's ever stolen or lost. The feature works much like previously mentioned Prey, which also supports iOS and Android, but signal flare even works when your phone's battery is weak or dead.
As soon as your battery gets low, the service sends its position to Lookout, just in case. This ensures your phone doesn't even have to be on for you to get a lead on where it ends up. Additionally, the new version protects against dialler-based attacks, like the kind that that popped up last month.
Lookout also sports a sharp-looking dashboard that shows you all of the security-related events and activities happening on your phone. Since the app can back up your contacts, call history and photos, this dashboard shows you whether a backup job is in process. The dashboard also shows you which apps you've installed most recently and whether the app scanned them for known malware, as well as URLs you've visited in your mobile browser and their scan status.
The iOS version of Lookout hasn't been updated quite so recently, but it already incorporates some of these features, including the ability to locate lost devices and data backups.
Lookout's basic features are free, but if you sign up for the company's premium service for Android, you unlock the app's real-time URL scanning for phishing and malware attacks, and the Privacy Advisor, which shows you at a glance which apps have access to your personal data.